I loved the Muppet so much when I was a kid. I looked forward to watching The Muppet Show on Sunday nights all week and I remember running home from playing with the neighbor kids so I didn’t miss the beginning. I had a Kermit doll sitting on my bed and a poster of Miss Piggy hanging on the wall at the end of it. So obviously I was excited when Disney rebooted the Muppet movies a few years back. I wanted to revisit my old friends, but more importantly I wanted to share the Muppets with my boys. This weekend we watched the most recent installment, Muppets Most Wanted. (The movie will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th at Disney.com but we got a sneak peak.) It’s jam-packed with all my favorite Muppets, of course, and it also has about a zillion cameos and songs. The kids thought it was hilarious (yay!) and after watching it I was inspired to make a Muppets bento box.
Shall I show you how to make one too? Yes, of course I should!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- sliced whole wheat bread
- deli-sliced havarti cheese (or other white cheese)
- deli-sliced ham
- sugar snap peas
- teddy bear crackers
- 3-section bento box
- paring knife
- pig cookie cutter/stamp
- jewel picks
- black food marker
And here’s how I put it together:
I started by cutting the bread for a Miss Piggy sandwich. I cut two head shapes with the outer cutter, then I stamped a pig face on one of the slices of bread. (I saved the bread scraps in the freezer to use for bread crumbs or something later.)
Once you have the basic shapes for the head, it’s time to cut some hair. Miss Piggy has beautiful platinum blonde hair, so I chose a slice of havarti cheese to mimic it. Lay one of the bread pieces on a slice of cheese and then use it as a guide to cut Piggy’s hair out with a paring knife. I went with her classic long wavy hair-do, but you could do any other hair style you like!
The ears on the cutter I used didn’t match Miss Piggy’s pointier ears, so I cut them off and made my own. I squished the cut pieces down flat with y finger to make them easier to handle, then used the knife to cut them into tear-drop shapes. Once I had everything looking just right, I “glued” the hair to the bread with a little bit of mayo and then glued the ears on top of that. The inside of the sandwich was filled with ham and some of the cheese scraps. (Reserve a bit of the cheese for later).
After I assembled the sandwich I noticed that Miss Piggy’s hair was a bit droopy. If you’re less uptight about these things than I am you could just leave it, but I wanted my girl to look her best, so I stuck a couple toothpicks in each side of the sandwich to prop her hair up. Just remember to warn your kids that they’re in there so they don’t bite down on them at lunch time!
Add the sandwich to the largest section of the bento box. I had a lot of extra space left at the bottom so I filled it in with strawberries. And then I added some jewel picks because we all know how Miss Piggy loves bling.
Next we’re going to add Kermit into the lunch. I tried making an accurate likeness of him, but I couldn’t pull it off, so instead I decided to go for a symbolic representation. Good enough! I started by trimming some sugar snap peas so they were as long as the bento box is tall. Then I stood them on end in one of the side dish sections.
Next, I cut a couple of semi-circles and a pointy collar from the reserved cheese scraps. The eyes definitely needed Kermits signature pupils, so I drew those on with a black food-safe marker. Finally I laid the cheese bits on top of the snap peas. It’s not the perfect Kermit, but it will do!
The last touch was to add some teddy bear crackers to the remaining compartment. Who do they look like? Fozzie, of course!
Ta da! Muppet in a lunch box!
Muppets Most Wanted is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th at Disney.com.
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